September 2020 Basketball Wiretap

Jamal Murray Hobbled By Bruising In Foot & Knee, Says Nuggets Had A 'Good Run' In Bubble

Sep 27, 2020 12:49 PM

Jamal Murray said he was affected by a foot bruise and a bone bruise in his right knee, adding that he was unable to impact the game following the Denver Nuggets' series-ending loss to the Los Angeles Lakers in game 5.

"I have a big bruise on my foot. Just hurt me all game. I changed shoes, and that didn't help. Yeah, I have a bone bruise [as well]. I don't like to tell everybody what I got. I just like to play through it. I was in pain, but it's cool. I was out there. I was struggling a little bit today," said Murray.

Murray, who averaged 26.5 points and 6.6 assists in the playoffs, finished game 5 with 19 points and 8 assists.

Murray added that his injuries were a byproduct of the wear and tear of the bubble.

"Eighty-something days in the bubble and a lot of minutes. I didn't have the energy I needed to have for my teammates today. Without me moving as hard or cutting as hard or scoring as much, I can be so much better in so many different ways. I can't just try to get through the game. I have to try to help lead my team to win by any means," said Murray.

Nikola Jokic added perspective to the Nuggets' season, comparing how far the team had come since he first arrived in Denver.

"Since when I came here five years ago, we had 33 wins that season. And today we're in the Western Conference finals. So I think it's interesting to think about the huge improvement that we have, me as a player, as a group, as a whole organization. It was amazing improvement."

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Anthony Davis To Play In Game 5

Sep 26, 2020 8:00 PM

Frank Vogel confirmed that Anthony Davis will play in game 5 against the Denver Nuggets.

Davis was listed as questionable due to a left ankle sprain.

Davis suffered the injury in the second of the Lakers' game 4 win, but stayed in the game.

The Lakers lead the series 3-1.

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Klay Thompson Participates In First Full Practice Since ACL Injury

Sep 26, 2020 1:09 AM

Klay Thompson took part in his first full practice since tearing his ACL 470 days ago during game 6 of the 2019 NBA Finals.

Steve Kerr called Thompson's return a "good first step."

"This is the first practice coming off an ACL injury and a year and a half absence so I didn't expect him to be in top shape, in top form, and he was not, but he moved well and it's a good first step," said Kerr.

Kerr added that he hopes Thompson will be able to participate when the Warriors resume 5-on-5 scrimmages.

"It kind of depends how he reacts to today and what Rick [Celebrini] says and what Klay says. Just kind of have to take it step by step. So we'll kind of see where he is tomorrow and make a decision accordingly."

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Anthony Davis Questionable For Game 5 With Ankle Sprain

Sep 25, 2020 8:42 PM

Anthony Davis has been listed as questionable for Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals with a sprained left ankle.

Davis suffered the ankle injury during the second half of the Los Angeles Lakers' Game 4 win. Davis stayed in the game.

Frankl Vogel told the media on Friday he expects Davis to play in Game 5.

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Bam Adebayo Aggravates Wrist Injury, Will Play In Game 5

Sep 24, 2020 8:34 AM

Bam Adebayo aggravated a wrist injury at the end of Game 4 in which he was in visible pain.

Sources tell Tim Reynolds of the Associated Press that Adebayo is fine and will play in Game 5 on Friday. Adebayo will receive treatment for the injury between now and Game 5.

Adebayo initially injured his wrist in Game 3.

Adebayo is averaging 17.9 points, 11.5 rebounds and 4.7 assists in 36.5 minutes per game in the playoffs.

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Romeo Langford Out For Season After Wrist Surgery

Sep 23, 2020 1:13 AM

Romeo Langford underwent successful wrist surgery, the Boston Celtics announced.

Langford will miss the rest of the playoffs.

Langford tore ligaments in his wrist during the Celtics' final seeding game in August.

The guard played just 32 games this season due to other injuries. 

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Will Barton Continues To Rehab Knee, Unlikely To Return At Any Point For West Finals

Sep 21, 2020 4:08 PM

Will Barton continues to rehab his knee injury and is unlikely to return for the Western Conference Finals for the Denver Nuggets against the Los Angeles Lakers.

Barton has not played during the restart. 

Barton averaged 15.1 points, 6.3 rebounds and 3.7 assists in 33.0 minutes per game this season. 

Denver has largely started Jerami Grant in place of Barton. 

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Gordon Hayward To Come Off Bench On Minutes Restriction, Javonte Green Also Available

Sep 19, 2020 2:12 PM

Brad Stevens said that Gordon Hayward will be available to come off the bench for game 3 against the Miami Heat.

Hayward will be on a minutes restriction. 

Hayward has been out for over a month due to a sprained ankle. 

Javonte Green, who had been out after undergoing knee surgery weeks ago, is also available for game 3. 

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Gordon Hayward Making Progress Towards Game 3 Return

Sep 18, 2020 1:23 AM

Gordon Hayward could return to the Boston Celtics for game 3 on Saturday, sources told Jared Weiss of The Athletic.

Hayward practiced on Wednesday, and is expected to get more on-court work on Friday ahead of a potential Saturday return.

Hayward has not played since suffering a sprained ankle over a month ago.  

The Celtics are currently down 2-0 against the Heat. 

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Gordon Hayward Ruled Out For Game 1 Of Eastern Conference Finals

Sep 14, 2020 9:05 PM

Gordon Hayward has been officially listed as out for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Miami Heat.

Hayward suffered a Grade 3 ankle sprain during hte first round of the playoffs.

Hayward went through a "hard, small group workout" after practice on Monday.

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Gordon Hayward Expected To Return 'At Some Point' In Heat Series

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Gordon Hayward Out Of Quarantine, Working With Trainers On Ankle Rehab

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Robert Covington Expected To Play In Game 4, Passes Concussion Protocol

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Giannis Antetokounmpo Out For Game 5 With Right Ankle Sprain

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JaVale McGee's MRI On Ankle Returns Negative, Will Play Game 3

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Will Barton Rehabbing Knee In Miami, Not Ruled Out For Clippers Series

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Gordon Hayward In Quaratine After Returning To Bubble

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Giannis Antetokounmpo Questionable For Game 5 With Some Optimism He Could Play

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JaVale McGee, Dion Waiters Leave Game 2 Win With Injuries

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Giannis Antetokounmpo Could Not Plant Or Jump Off Ankle, Not Yet Ruled Out For Game 5

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Nikola Jokic Questionable For Game 3 Due To Sprained Right Wrist

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Giannis Antetokounmpo Out For Remainder Of Game 4 Due To Right Ankle Sprain

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Giannis Antetokounmpo To Play In Game 4 Against Heat

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Michael Porter Jr. Says Clippers Doctor Thought He 'Would Never Play Basketball Again' Before 2018 Draft

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Damian Lillard Diagnosed With Minor Sprain Of Right Knee

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Brad Stevens: Gordon Hayward Rehab On Ankle Sprain 'Seems To Be Going OK'

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